A video shared on Facebook almost 23,000 times since Wednesday afternoon shows yet another case of police violence; this time, at Hagerstown.
The entire video was recorded by a bystander.
Hagerstown Incident: The Video
The Facebook video shows a girl kicking at the rear right door of the police car, her hands cuffed behind her.
“Put your feet in the car, OK, or you’re going to get sprayed,” a police officer said as the situation deteriorated.
The officers present at the scene were all white, and the girl could be heard asking them to call for a black police officer named “Zack.”
The bystander was questioning the tactics of the police. However, while the video was being recorded, he was approached by a cop. The cop told the bystander that the medics needed to take a look at the girl. The girl’s parents were not at the scene, and being a minor, she could not refuse treatment.
“What happens … when she’s like, ‘I’m fine,’ right, and has a brain injury or something like that, and then she could die later?” the officer asked the bystander.
“All we want to do is make sure she’s OK.”
It was alleged by another bystander that the underage girl’s face was slammed against a wall. When an officer shuts a rear door of the cruiser, the bystander said, “Y’all going to hurt her feet.”
The video then shows at least two officers carrying what seems like cans of pepper spray. The next moment, one of the officers raises pepper spray to the cruiser’s windows and started spraying. The girl is heard screaming.
“I bet if you took that badge off, you couldn’t do (expletive) to me,” one of the bystanders taunts the police as the act goes on.
Hagerstown Incident: The Background
In a press release, police informed that the girl was booked for disorderly conduct, two counts of second-degree assault, possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic device. The matter was taken up to the Department of Juvenile Services.
College Park, Md.- based attorney Robin Ficker was representing the girl’s family. On Wednesday, he said that he met with the 15-year-old girl and her mother.
He said he was informed that the girl was riding her bike when she was hit by a vehicle on Sunday afternoon. According to Herald Media, Ficker said the impact caused the girl to hit her head and lose consciousness for about 30 seconds.
“She was dazed, then she got up and realized she was OK,” Ficker said.
The publication noted that after the ambulance was called, the girl informed paramedics she did not want to go to the hospital. Ficker went on to say that police came and pulled the girl off her bike as she tried to ride away.
During that moment, an officer lifted the girl’s hands above her head from the rear and banged her face into a wall.
The video is being reviewed, according to Hagerstown Police Capt. Tom Langston.